By Mairéad Breen
SKILL, of course, a good draw, naturally, and a large measure of good luck all figure highly on the scales in any U10s competition and there was plenty of all to be had at the recent boys and girls indoor soccer Community Games county finals at Ballon Community Centre. Two titles were up for grabs but who was going to earn them?
The boys were up first in the morning and eight teams were ready for action. Semi-final spots were earned by Ballon/Rathoe, Askea, Hacketstown and Graiguecullen after first round wins over St Lazerian’s, Bennekerry/Tinryland, Borris/St Mullins and Tullow/Grange respectively.
In the semi-finals Ballon/Rathoe and Hacketstown proved too strong for the lads from Askea and Graiguecullen. And so to a repeat of the U13 final with B/R and Hacketstown well up for the challenge.
This was the first match that went to extra time this season and courtesy of the added time on the clock, Hacketstown eventually emerged the victors with Ballon/Rathoe settling for the silver medals this time. It was a good start to the day.
Eight teams lined up for the girls tournament with first-round wins for Ballon/Rathoe, Borris/St Mullins, Graiguecullen and Hacketstown over Slaney Valley, Tullow/Grange, Bennekerry/Tinryland and St Lazerian’s respectively.
Ballon/Rathoe and Hacketstown also triumphed in their semi-finals to set up a repeat of the boys final.
In a very tight final that also went to extra time, Ballon/Rathoe came out on top with Hacketstown gallantly accepting the silver medals. Well done once again to all eight teams.
Futsal is next on the agenda in the Community Games’ jam-packed schedule which runs right up until the end of August, with a huge variety of activities from U8 to U16. If you would like to participate, check out Community Games Facebook page or get in touch with your area secretary.